African-American Paralympian Bonnie St. John to speak at NYUAD commencement

ABU DHABI, 1st May, 2019 (WAM) — Bonnie St. John will offer remarks at New York University, NYU, Abu Dhabi’s graduation ceremony on 27th May 2019. NYU Abu Dhabi’s graduating class is comprised of some 270 students from more than 75 countries around the world.

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in the Winter Olympics competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavours throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner, and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant.


She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, taking a Master of Letters degree in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.

The celebrated author of seven books, St. John’s most recent book, “Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy”, outlines a quick, easy, and immediately effective programme of tools and techniques to give readers a competitive edge in today’s dynamic world of changes and challenges.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom commented, “We are deeply honoured to announce Bonnie St. John as the keynote speaker for our sixth commencement. Recognised by NBC Nightly News as ‘one of the five most inspiring women in America,’ she will offer to the Class of 2019 a model of excellence and of humanity that inspires their aspirations and achievements over the years ahead.”

St. John has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: Today, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as People, “O” and Essence magazines, to name just a few.

The graduation ceremony will be held at NYU Abu Dhabi’s campus on Saadiyat Island.

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